Many years ago, back in 1995, the very first revelation I received from studying the Bible was that God not only has love for us, but that He is love. I was a new believer, just a few months into my new journey with the Lord.
I had already come across 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 where Paul talks about what love is and what love does and doesn’t do. I loved that passage of Scripture (and still do very much). I don’t recall how much time had passed by, a few months perhaps, but one day I found myself reading the 1st Epistle of John. As I was going through it, I noticed that John wrote more than once that God is love. I began to meditate on those words. And as I did, I began thinking that if God is love, then love is God. I can’t separate the two….they are one in the same. Then the Lord started showing me that anywhere I saw the word “God,” I could also use the word “Love.” And vice versa, anywhere I saw the word “love,” I could also use the word “God.”
Then 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 came back up in me. So I went over there and read it again. I was using the older version of the NIV at the time. And then I read it again using the word “God” in the place of love. It totally transformed me and how I viewed God! See, I used to be afraid of Him, as in scared. Afraid that if I messed up in any way at all, He was going to condemn me to hell forever. I didn’t know or understand the love He has for us at the first part of my salvation. But when I read His Word in the light of this new revelation, I wasn’t scared or afraid of Him anymore. I realized He wasn’t going to condemn me to hell or beat me over the head. No! Love doesn’t condemn, love gives!
Here is how 1 Cor. 13:4-8 in the older NIV translation says it, with my line-by-line breakdown:
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, love does not boast. Love is not proud, love does not dishonor others. Love is not rude, love is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered, love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, love rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, love always trusts, love always hopes, love always perserveres. Love never fails!
And here it is with “God” inserted every where the word “love” is:
God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast. God is not proud, God does not dishonor others. God is not rude, God is not self-seeking. God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil, God rejoices with the truth. God always protects, God always trusts, God always hopes, God always perserveres. God never fails!
Isn’t that awesome?! He really does love us as children. He didn’t approve or like what I had been doing before I got saved, but that didn’t change His love for me. And the same is true for all people. He loves you as a father whether you believe it or not, know it or not, and even want it or not. Maybe you have children. All of us have been children. As a parent, you may not like some things your children do, but you don’t stop loving them because of it. And as a child or former child, maybe you messed up (and maybe more than once like me), but your parents didn’t cast you away. And if they did, you have a Father in Heaven who will never cast you away if you go to Him.
He really IS LOVE! He really IS GOOD! And His mercy really DOES endure forever! Believe His love for you, and receive His love today! If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, please go to my Prayers page. And if you would like prayer for anything, please feel free to contact me here: Contact Us
You are greatly and dearly loved! Be blessed today!